The King of Average

  • by Gary Schwartz
  • Narrated by Gary Schwartz
  • 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Named one of Kirkus Reviews best books of 2016, Gary Schwartz's heartfelt, hilarious, pun-filled middle grade novel tells of an 11-year old's quest for love and self-acceptance in a land where psychological states are actual places.
James isn't the world's greatest kid, but he's not the worst, either: he's average!
When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average. He is joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professional Pessimist. Together, they set out on a journey of self-discovery that leads them all the way from the Sea of Doubt to Mount Impossible, the highest peak in the Unattainable Mountains. There, James stumbles into a Shangri-La called Epiphany, he uncovers the secret of who he really is. Follow James on his hilarious, adventure-packed journey to find self-worth in this heartfelt middle grade novel by debut author Gary Schwartz.

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Customer Reviews

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I adored this book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I can’t praise this book enough. It is a sweet and witty middle grade novel, that both kids and adults (hey, I am an adult!) would love, and I highly recommend you pick the audiobook version. Those six hours flew by very quickly.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The King of Average?

Imaginary world and word play for both the places and the names of characters. Loveable characters and curious adventures - what more can you ask for!


Which scene was your favorite?

When Monsieur Roget was introduced. He is my favourite!


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Realm of Possibilities for the most average kid ever!


Any additional comments?

I believe that any reader will be able to find a character they can relate to in this book. This audiobook brought up the long forgotten feeling of a childhood story well-told - something that I often find missing in contemporary middle grade fiction. I think that the fact that Gary is a professional voice actor, undoubtedly, adds to the story. His narration is so perfect, I kept forgetting that I was listening to one person doing all of those voices.

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- Fox "Book blogger and audible addict"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-14-2016
  • Publisher: Bunny Moon Enterprises, LLC